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Monarch of Summer

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Monarch of Summer

I await your coming
for the flowers are blooming and the grass is high…
lilac branches still bare and shivering
in the laggard lion’s breath of March
they await your kiss, Monarch of summer.

purplish buds
sprout from gray lilac branches --
daffodils bloom

Though all the tulips are gone
having served as desert for gophers,
the worm and the grubs stir in the wet spring soil…
and the hyacinths have replaced the crocus’s blue
the paper narcissus now, scent the air.

red breasted robins
hop between hummocks of grass --
bird bathes fill with rain

From the within the green pupa, soon
you will stir ..the membrane will thin, sheer as a curtain
in a spring breeze adorned in polka dots 
and wings like the crinolines of spindle legged 
virgin daughters  at first communion...
you will emerge with lash long antennae ready to fly.

leaves of cone flowers
push through the brown soil of spring --
anthills rise

I await your coming
for the flowers are blooming and the grass is high…
lilac branches still bare and shivering
in the laggard lion’s breath of March
they await your kiss, Monarch of summer
butterflies born.

Forms: Free Verse & haiku

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  1. Date: 8/19/2013 4:50:00 AM
    lovely write Debbie...I love butterfly wishes

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 7:19:00 PM
    Well! This one I would have topped over mine! I LOVE THIS. Putting it into my faves. The play of your verse-- like a tapestry. WOVEN. I love how you mingle the haiku (dare I say the word? Please?) like little hiding butterflies, little cocoons hovering above and below verse about little cocoons. Did it just happen? Was it intention? Quick write? Long. I WANT DETAILS. LOL. Man, I'm exhausted. Time for an herbal tea...

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 12:13:00 AM
    Another beauty from you Debi.Emailed this poem to myself ;)Best wishes.

  1. Date: 4/11/2012 7:29:00 AM
    Interesting and lovely poem dear poetess.

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 6:15:00 AM
    So very beautiful to read and read again dear ma

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 6:01:00 PM
    Lovely poem Debbie, all the best in the contest I am sure it will do well xx

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 5:18:00 PM
    A wonderful poem combining haiku with free verses. In the photo - isn't that a yellow swallowtail? It looks like the ones we get in our garden; with the blue on the tail, probably female. I do miss havingbulbs in the spring and the gorgeous scents.

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 4/9/2012 5:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hmmm maybe they are the same thing? but I googles monarch?
  1. Date: 4/9/2012 5:13:00 PM
    I understand, Debbie. I have sent the pesky bee Cyndi's way. If she doesn't take the "bite", that bee might come back for me! :)) Rhonda

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 12:06:00 PM
    LOL...I promise you no naughty thoughts entered my mind. An innocent, poetic bumble bee being sent to you. Nothing to do but send him to someone else! Have fun. :))

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 11:32:00 AM
    Hi, Debbie. You have been bitten in Linda-Marie's contest. I sent a little bee your way! :))

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 7:36:00 AM
    Well done Debbie. - Luck to you in contest! Hope you had a nice Easter. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 7:53:00 AM
    Lovely poem, Deb. Best wishes in the contest. All these flower poems are sparking my allergies. Happy Easter, Deb! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 7:45:00 AM
    Lovely Debbie.. Hugs xxx

  1. Date: 4/7/2012 11:21:00 PM
    nice Debbie... have a happy Easter..pd

  1. Date: 4/7/2012 11:07:00 PM
    Beautiful Debbie! I love butterflies, especially the monarch. I'm hoping to plant a small butterfly garden next week. Your poem has inspired me. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter to you, Rhonda :))

  1. Date: 4/7/2012 7:00:00 PM
    I like this one debbie!

  1. Date: 4/7/2012 5:12:00 PM
    a fluttering beauty Debbie.. very nice

  1. Date: 4/7/2012 4:40:00 PM
    this is lovely! your words are just beautiful. good luck in the contest!

  1. Date: 4/7/2012 4:16:00 PM
    It leads one to a trail of beauty and senses, enjoyed your poem Debbie have a great Easter Weekend my friend hugs vie